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updated 05/24/1982 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/24/1982 01:00AM

No Nonsense
England's royal baby-to-be (expected in July) already has a nanny. She is Barbara Barnes, 39, an "advocate of fresh air," who for 14 years worked for Lady Anne Tennant, lady-in-waiting to Princess Margaret. "She is exceptionally firm, with a great sense of humor," reports Lady Anne. Queried about her credentials by Fleet Street, Barnes replied, "I am not a graduate of any sort of nanny's college. I've accumulated my knowledge from many years of experience, and I do not see any different problems in bringing up a royal baby." After all, they still put their nappies on one leg at a time.

The Right Stuffings
When the Conservative Digest put on a dinner in Washington to honor the magazine's "most admired conservatives," it didn't serve up the usual rubber chicken. Instead, the likes of Senators Paul Laxalt and Strom Thurmond submitted their favorite right-wing recipes and dined on the President's macaroni and cheese, the First Lady's Baja California chicken, Jerry Falwell's peanut butter pie, Jesse Helms' fruit cobbler and fund raiser Richard Viguerie's right-of-center Cajun jambalaya. Anita Bryant and David Stockman showed that they can dish it out as well as take it. Bryant served an "orange juicer cooler," and Stockman, still smarting over the school lunch flap, proffered his "favorite vegetable"—catsup.

Kate's Great White Way
When an exhausted Katharine Hepburn arrived in Chicago with her touring play, West Side Waltz, she was ready for a good night's sleep in her suite at the ritzy Whitehall Hotel. To her horror, however, she discovered that the bed had been made with colored sheets. Katharine the Great never sleeps on colored sheets, she announced. In light of the hue and ensuing cry, a quick-thinking hotelier dashed across the block to the competition, the pricey Tremont Hotel, and borrowed some sheets of the plain white variety. Crisis averted.

Elder Statesman
Secretary of State Alexander Haig may be more in the limelight than Vice-President George Bush these days, but Bush is the first to point out that too much limelight, like too much sunlight, can age a man. At a Washington dinner in honor of the Netherlands' Queen Beatrix, Bush pointed to a likeness of the Dutch artist Rembrandt, brought in especially for the party, and said: "You showed me Rembrandt's very early self-portrait, and then we saw the later self-portrait, somewhat tired, somewhat older. I thought of Al Haig when I saw that."

Furthermore

•Asked about his philosophy of love, French actor Yves Montand—happily married to Simone Signoret for 31 years—twinkled: "I think a man can have two, maybe three love affairs while he is married. But three is the absolute maximum. After that you are cheating."

•Now that he is starring in CBS' Falcon Crest, set in California's wine country, Robert Foxworth has learned as much as he can about grapes and vintages and bouquets. "The main thing that I did," he says, "was that I stopped unscrewing the tops of wine bottles and started using a corkscrew."

•Helen Thomas, 61, the dean of White House correspondents, told students at Brown University that she has had a "ringside seat to history" since she first started working for UPI back in 1943. Nowadays, she says, "our access to the President is limited more and more. Reporters are kept out of the White House for fear that Ronald Reagan will be asked a question—and answer it."

•Sylvia (Emmanuelle) Kristel was talking about the hardships on the set of her new film, a remake of D.H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover. A scene where she danced naked in the rain ran to 16 takes—with no hot water after the first three. But the 29-year-old Dutch actress endured. "The only way to get through it," she reveals, "was to think of the check."

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